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Tuesday is about more than just tacos…

Posted by Tall Ships America on December 2, 2014

TODAY IS #GIVINGTUESDAY

Support our mission of sail training and education under sail and DONATE TODAY. Annual Appeal donations will be matched 2 to 1 through December 31, 2014.

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Tuesday is about more than just tacos. Celebrate #GIVINGTUESDAY with Tall Ships America and our member vessels today.

By making a donation to our annual appeal, you will be helping us to provide sail training scholarships for youth and to support education under sail.

Founded in 1973, American Sail Training Association, dba Tall Ships America, is a 501c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to enriching youth education through character building and leadership programs aboard tall ships. It is the hub for tall ships activity, expertise, and information in North America, and is commended by The United States Congress as the national Sail Training organization representing the United States in the international forum.

Tall Ships America supports the people, ships, and programs of sail training through grants, scholarships, conferences, education, publications, public events, and advocacy.

Tall Ships America organizes the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® annual series of tall ships races and maritime port festivals to celebrate our rich maritime heritage and traditions, and inform the general public about the transformative power of adventure and education under sail®.

When you support us, you support our programs, our members, and the important mission of sail training.

Make a difference today!

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Let’s Put a Smile On That Face!

Posted by Tall Ships America on November 26, 2014

Start Smiling! Now you can support sail training while you shop!

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Photo Credit: everydayquote.com

Register today and select ‘American Sail Training Association’ as your preferred organization.

For every purchase you make, AmazonSmile will donate a portion to Tall Ships America. Start shopping today!

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Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday…and Giving Tuesday!

Posted by Tall Ships America on November 21, 2014

Black Friday is approaching in all its store-stampeding, child-trampling, gift-grabbing greedy glory. By the time Tuesday rolls around, most of the country has worked off their Thanksgiving gluttony with a daily exercise routine of pushing, shoving, and speed walking down aisles.

Photo Credit: Community Table

Photo Credit: Community Table

Regain some much-needed holiday karma by celebrating #GIVINGTUESDAY with Tall Ships America. By making a donation to our annual appeal, you will be helping us to provide sail training scholarships for youth and to support education under sail. Donations will be met 2 to 1 through December 31, 2014.

 

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Join Tall Ships America in supporting sail training and education under sail on #GivingTuesday (Photo Credit: Eliza Braunstein)

Founded in 1973, American Sail Training Association, dba Tall Ships America, is a 501c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to enriching youth education through character building and leadership programs aboard tall ships. It is the hub for tall ships activity, expertise, and information in North America, and is commended by The United States Congress as the national Sail Training organization representing the United States in the international forum.

Tall Ships America supports the people, ships, and programs of sail training through grants, scholarships, conferences, education, publications, public events, and advocacy.

Tall Ships America organizes the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® annual series of tall ships races and maritime port festivals to celebrate our rich maritime heritage and traditions, and inform the general public about the transformative power of adventure and education under sail®.

When you support us, you support our programs, our members, and the important mission of sail training.

Make a difference today!

Posted in 2014, Annual Appeal | Leave a Comment »

The Easiest Gift You Can Give This Year

Posted by Tall Ships America on November 20, 2014

This Holiday Season, support sail training while you shop!

AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your spendings to Tall Ships America.

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 Register today, select ‘American Sail Training Association’ as your preferred organization, and start shopping!

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Founded in 1973, American Sail Training Association, dba Tall Ships America, is a 501c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to enriching youth education through character building and leadership programs aboard tall ships. It is the hub for tall ships activity, expertise, and information in North America, and is commended by The United States Congress as the national Sail Training organization representing the United States in the international forum.

Tall Ships America supports the people, ships, and programs of sail training through grants, scholarships, conferences, education, publications, public events, and advocacy.

Tall Ships America organizes the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® annual series of tall ships races and maritime port festivals to celebrate our rich maritime heritage and traditions, and inform the general public about the transformative power of adventure and education under sail®.

When you support us, you support our programs, our members, and the important mission of sail training.

Posted in 2014, Annual Appeal | Leave a Comment »

Intellectual Treasure – Close to Discovery?

Posted by Tall Ships America on November 12, 2014

Sometimes, treasure is hidden just out of sight. Such may be the case with the original HMS Endeavour, Captain Cook’s long lost ship, which maritime archeologists now believe to be buried in the silt of Newport Harbor. It is now believed that the famous ship was sold by the Royal Navy to a private party and later scuttled by British troops during the American Revolution, in an effort to defend the British-held city of Newport from the approaching French fleet. Described as “an intellectual treasure” by Dr. Kathy Abbass, the executive director of Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, the discovery of HMS Endeavour‘s preserved timber frames – or perhaps more – off Newport, R.I. would be a significant find for maritime archaeologists.

Erin & Darlene sail nearby the hypothesized scuttle site of the original HMS Endeavour. (Photo Credit: Tall Ships America)

Erin & Darlene sail nearby the hypothesized scuttle site of the original HMS Endeavour. (Photo Credit: Tall Ships America)

To learn more about tall ships from the American Revolutionary era, follow Lafayette’s Hermione as she makes her debut voyage to the United States this summer for “LAFAYETTE’S Hermione Voyage 2015 in partnership with TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(R) Atlantic Coast 2015.”

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Special Offer from Picton Castle for Tall Ships America Members

Posted by Tall Ships America on October 31, 2014

Picton Castle

Picton Castle

Join the PICTON CASTLE world-voyaging crew in Cape Town, South Africa, January 2015

 Exclusive Special Offer only for Tall Ships America Members

 

Leg 3, from Cape Town, South Africa to Cape Verde, January 3 to March 20

Price: $10,800  Price for Tall Ships America members: $8,600, including the donation made in your name

Leg 4, from Cape Verde to Lunenburg, Canada, March 20 to May 16

Price: $8,800  Price for Tall Ships America members: $7,000, including the donation made in your name

Legs 3 & 4, from Cape Town, South Africa to Lunenburg, Canada, January 3 to May 16

Price: $19,600 Price for Tall Ships America members: $15,600, including the donation made in your name

In addition to the fee you pay, a further $1,000 for each leg will be donated to Tall Ships America by PICTON CASTLE on behalf of each sail trainee.

Not a member of Tall Ships America? Sign up on our website!

The Barque PICTON CASTLE has been sailing the worlds’ oceans for nearly 20 years in the wake of the great square rigged ships of the Age of Sail.  Her epic voyages have already inspired hundreds of people to come together to sail, to explore this salt water globe and to seek to learn all that a ship on the open ocean have to teach.

Our crew connect with people and places across the world.  Transcending boundaries of geography, culture and race we return to villages where we have made friends, often bringing essential supplies, donated educational materials and medical care to some of the most remote and isolated communities on Earth.   By working together we grow strong and learn to trust our shipmates and ourselves.  By harnessing the power of the wind in our hand-stitched cotton sails we learn awareness and how to spot a problem before it arises.  By watching the slowly processing stars on night watch, and the glorious ocean sunsets each evening, we learn to see the sublime in the every day.  The things you learn aboard PICTON CASTLE, and the friendships you make aboard, last a lifetime.

Aboard the ship right now, sailing westwards across the Indian Ocean, we have an exceptional gang of men and women of all ages and all backgrounds, hailing from a dozen different countries and every corner of the globe; Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, USA, Tonga, Fiji, England and more.  What brings them together is a commitment to experiencing a life at sea under sail, to the ship, her voyages; a down-to-Earth saltiness and a sense of adventure.

Now we are looking for the next generation of mariners to join our crew and write the next chapter of the PICTON CASTLE story.  No sailing experience is necessary – it’s far more important to be a good shipmate, though you must be reasonably fit.  More than anything you must want to join us on this adventure and want to see the world beyond your horizons.

Soon PICTON CASTLE will be rounding the Cape of Good Hope and entering the South Atlantic, there to sail up the coast of Africa and cross to the Caribbean calling at Grenada, Carriacou, Barbados and Dominica before heading north via Bermuda, to her homecoming in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.  After three years voyaging westwards around the world, it’s set to be quite the celebration.

Join us in Cape Town, South Africa in January 2015 or in Cape Verde in March 2015.  Sail with us as we cross the Atlantic Ocean, cross the equator and cruise the magical islands of the real Caribbean. We will be visiting friends we have made over the years, sailing our small boats in the crystal clear water and practicing beach landings on the perfect white sand.  We’ll be sailing on and off the hook, tacking the ship about, climbing aloft and handling sails.  We’ll learn sailmaking, rigging, small boat handling and celestial navigation, but first we’ll learn to sail our ship across oceans.

If you’ve never been afloat before, or if you already have one foot in the sea and want to advance into traditional seamanship, then now is the time. The world’s oceans and its trade winds are waiting, come join the adventure!

 

 

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Guest Blogger on USCGC EAGLE: School of the Ship

Posted by Tall Ships America on October 16, 2014

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For the past few years, Tall Ships America members have been invited to participate in the USCG OCS (Officer Candidate School) cruise on board the Barque EAGLE. Guest Blogger Lance Fairbanks participated this Fall  and provides a glimpse into the guest crew experience. You can see more of his photos on our Flickr page. Thank you, Lance!

Welcome Aboard: Gloucester was the first port where both Officer Candidates of the US Coast Guard and Members of Tall Ships America joined hands, before setting sail in the USCGC EAGLE. While we did not expect to win the Esperanto Cup during the 30th Annual Schooner Festival; we did however make a grand statement leaving the harbor, “We are America’s Tall Ship!” Officer Candidates and Members alike, we were all assigned to a division. We quickly made friends and found our way about the ship, what would be our home away from home for the next two weeks. As shipmates aboard a Coast Guard vessel, we were engaged in every aspect of life according to the Plan of the Day. As a sail training vessel, all of us took part in School of the Ship.

School of Ship Photo: Lance Fairbanks

School of Ship Photo: Lance Fairbanks

Read the rest of this entry »

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Niagara Rig RATS

Posted by Tall Ships America on October 2, 2014

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Join U.S. Brig NIAGARA for the free pilot program, “Rigging and Advanced Topics in Seamanship“, 17 October – 22 November.

This five week program will emphasize marlinspike seamanship and practical experience working in NIAGARA’s rig shop. Topics include basic ship’s carpentry, fundamentals of navigation, and vessel management best practices.

Lodging is provided and the crew kitchen will be available.

Contact information is here.

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SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Mainmast Stepping Ceremony

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 26, 2014

The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Mainmast Stepping Ceremony took place on Wednesday morning and Tall Ships America had the distinct honor of being invited to attend.

Photo Credit: Eliza Braunstein

Photo Credit: Eliza Braunstein

The ceremony commenced at precisely 1030 with the ringing of the bell. We listened to remarks  an assortment of speakers involved in the creation of SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, as they spoke about the process of making a dream come true. We also learned about the significance of mast stepping and the significance of Oliver Hazard Perry‘s mainmast. Then, descendants of Oliver Hazard Perry placed a commemorative coin beneath the mainmast and a crane lowered the mast into place. VADM Thomas Weschler, USN (Ret.), had the quote of the day when he stated, “This is the most exciting thing that’s happened to me since World War II!”

Photo Credit: Jen Spring

Photo Credit: Jen Spring

Photo Credit: Eliza Braunstein

Photo Credit: Eliza Braunstein

Photo Credit: Jen Spring

Photo Credit: Jen Spring

Photo Credit: Jen Spring

Photo Credit: Jen Spring

Photo Credit: Jen Spring

Photo Credit: Jen Spring

Upon the stepping of the mast, the gun was fired and the ceremony concluded. The rigging crew, with this achievement now complete, will spend the autumn completing the ship’s rig and getting the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry ready for her first summer sailing season.

Posted in 2014, Member Programs, Newport, RI | Leave a Comment »

Hurricane Season

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 24, 2014

To a native New Englander, an impending hurricane means dark skies, wind gusts with the potential to knock over trees and power lines, and torrential rain. But in Southern California earlier this month, as Hurricane Marie headed out to sea, Hurricane Norbert intensified off of Baja, and Hurricane Odile remained a rumor from Hawai’i, the temperatures were mid-70s and the weather was sunny with blue skies and a gentle breeze. The only hint that hurricanes were off the coast, aside from the murmur amongst the tall ship captains of marine weather updates and worrisome weather faxes, was the surge in Dana Point Harbor.

A surge is “a sudden powerful forward or upward movement, especially by a natural force such as the waves or tide” (Oxford English Dictionary). In the case of Dana Point Harbor, it was a cyclic upwelling of water within the harbor, impacted by current as water flowed up the channel or cascaded over the jetty and intensified by an extreme high tide. Such was the situation at 1600 on Friday, September 5th, as a dozen people stood on Ocean Institute’s new floating docks, watching seven moored tall ships strain against their docklines as the water swelled and fell beneath the vessels. We had gathered a half hour earlier to discuss the last minute details of that evening’s Sunset Parade of Sail. But as the sea state worsened before our eyes, the prudence of getting underway with passengers was now in question.

A gravitas of captains

Photo Credit: Eliza Braunstein

We not only had to consider boarding passengers – many of whom were unfamiliar with a shifting gangway and rolling deck – but what the sea conditions would be like upon disembarkation. At sea, riding the swells, the vessels would be fine. Upon returning to “safe” harbor, however, they would be met with a rising tide to exacerbate the relentless surge. Those waiting to drop off passengers would find it near impossible to hold station in the channel, with the wind catching the bow of the ship. Tying up would be difficult, and prolonged; hauling enough slack out of the docklines to disembark passengers would be harder still. Once securely moored along the three hundred foot long dock, as the ships were at the moment of our disquieted discussion, we would again have to consider the combined potential force of rafted vessels yanking on a small number of well-placed docklines. (To this end, we later set out bow and stern wraps from the offshore vessels.) And lastly, the dramatic roll of the vessels even at the dock launched concerns that the rigging of the smaller ships would tangle in the rigging of the taller ships to which they were rafted, or that the heavy hull of one might send over many pounding blows into the hull of another. All this before the high high tide peaked at more than a fathom in a cove that only charts a mean depth just over two fathoms at mean lower low water.

Throughout this deliberation, as I listened and attempted to absorb the points that these experienced captains were making, I noticed something very impressive. The opinion and decision of every captain regarding the limits of his vessel and crew was considered and respected. Then, in solidarity, having all weighed in, this team of captains determined that the prudent choice was to cancel the sail. It was Integrated Safety Management at its finest. And the best part – they then presented their decision to the public, as a united, visible front, and the public understood. They agreed.

The 30th Annual Toshiba Tall Ships® Festival would continue throughout the weekend. The vessels never would leave the dock with any passengers, although a few captains would eventually decide to leave the cove with their vessels and seek calmer waters elsewhere.

In the end, it was a wonderful festival, complete with maritime exhibits and local musicians (including several well-attended performances by Captain John Kraus); stellar merchandise from N&D and Ocean Institute; a REACH Scavenger Hunt presented by US Sailing and their partners; delicious lunches and an after-hours potluck for ships’ crew; and a fleet of tall ships as the focal attraction.

Thank you to all of the ships, their captains and crew, to Ocean Institute, and to the public, for maintaining such a positive attitude and such composure as we overcame another reality of sailing tall ships in the modern world.

Lining up for Spirit of Dana PointOh my gosh! It's John Kraus and the Goers!Leon!Budding artists

Avast!

For more pictures, please visit our Flickr Page.

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